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Rosa - Bordeaux Cruise

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Hotel Barge Rosa takes you on a breathtaking odyssey along the calmer canals of southwest France. This premier class cruise includes tour and wine tasting in Saint Emilion and visit to the impressive Château de Duras.
France
Cultural
Food & Wine
Barge

Highlights

Cruise across the 1,900 foot Agen aqueduct

Tour of the famous Saint Émilion

Visit the impressive Château de Duras

Wine, cheese and Armagnac tastings

Rosa features a clipper-style barge that was built in Netherlands in 1907. She was converted to a hotel barge in 1990. Beautiful and elegant, this barge was featured in the successful television series, "Rick Stein’s French Odyssey" where it was taken on a relaxing voyage across the colourful, captivating part of southern France. Rosa features a dining room, saloon bar, sun deck and 4 staterooms accommodating 8 passengers with full en-suite facilities. The crew includes the captain, tour guide, master chef and a housekeeper. There are bikes available for guests. Rosa still cruises in the calmer canals of southwest France, taking you to captivating locations such as the famous Saint Émilion, the impressive Château de Duras, the 1,900 foot Agen aqueduct, and other stunning places known for wine, cheese and Armagnac tastings.

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Included

6 nights onboard at Hotel Barge Rosa in a Stateroom
Crew of 4 (Captain, tour guide, chef and hostesses)
Transfers by an air-conditioned minivan
Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily prepared by your chef
Captains farewell dinner on your last night
Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Excursions as per itinerary
Use of barge facilities

On-Board Facilities

  • Maximum of 8 passengers
  • 4 Staterooms (1 twin bed & 3 double beds)
  • 8 bicycles
  • Small library of books and maps
  • Collection of board games
  • Saloon with 6 USB ports for fast charging
  • Sun deck
  • Spa pool
  • Wi-Fi access

Day 1
Bordeaux → Castet-en-Dorthe

Guests are met in Bordeaux and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Rosa. Following a champagne welcome, there is time for a stroll before returning for your first dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Rosa in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Dinner
Bordeaux → Castet-en-Dorthe
Hotel Barge Rosa
Day 2
Castet-en-Dorthe → Meilhan-sur-Garonne

This morning is spent cruising the picturesque canal, following the Canal de Garonne, to the port of Meilhan-sur-Garonne. In the afternoon, we visit the medieval town of Saint Emilion, a UNESCO World Heritage site and centre of the most famous of the Bordeaux appellations. Later, we stop at Château Beau-Sejour-Becot, producer of premier and grand crus wines, where we discover the secrets of the vine and, of course, enjoy a tasting. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Rosa in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Castet-en-Dorthe → Meilhan-sur-Garonne
The medieval town of Saint Emilion.
Day 3
Meilhan-sur-Garonne → Lagruère

This morning we depart early and enjoy the colourful market of Casteljaloux. Afterwards, we cruise to the charming little village of Lagruère, during the cruise you can cycle or walk the tow path and enjoy the stunning countryside. Following lunch on board we tour the Garonne river aboard a traditional flat-bottomed boat, after which we visit the beautiful village of Le Mas d’Agenais, its 11th century church playing host to an ornate Romanesque doorway and an original masterpiece by Rembrandt. After this we take a short drive to an artisanal dairy farm where we experience the entire cheese making process, culminating in a delicious tasting. Dinner, if the weather permits, is a gourmet barbecue beside the barge, overlooking the River Garonne.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Rosa in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Meilhan-sur-Garonne  → Lagruère
Reading corner of hotel barge Rosa.
Day 4
Lagruère → Buzet-sur-Baise

This morning we cruise along the tranquil Canal de Garonne to our mooring at Buzet-sur-Baise, a pastoral haven. After lunch on board we visit the Château de Duras, an architectural wonder, which has been both a fortress and a stately home over its 900-year history. We wander through its 35 rooms and museum before returning to the hotel barge. Dinner tonight is a gourmet affair at the “Auberge du Goujon qui frétille”, a delightful local restaurant with a highly inventive menu.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Rosa in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lagruère → Buzet-sur-Baise
Scenic cruising aboard Rosa.
Day 5
Buzet-sur-Baise → Serignac-sur-Garonne

After breakfast we enjoy an informative guided tour of the sustainable wine co-operative of Buzet, with a tasting course! Next, we visit the cork museum at Mezin to learn about the history of cork-making, before heading to the 13th century bastide village of Vianne. Lunch on board is followed by an afternoon cruise to Serignac-sur-Garonne. Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Rosa in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Buzet-sur-Baise → Serignac-sur-Garonne
Charming saloon of barge Rosa.
Day 6
Serignac-sur-Garonne → Boé

We start the day with a visit to the medieval town of Nerac and tread in the footsteps of King Henry IV and Queen Margot. The château was built in the 15th century but much was destroyed during the French Revolution and today only the impressive north wing remains. We then stop at the Lapeyrade estate for a cellar tasting of Armagnac, the oldest alcohol in France. In the afternoon, we cruise towards our final destination of Boé, crossing the Plan Canal d’Agen, one of the longest aqueducts in France which spans the River Garonne. Captain’s Farewell Dinner on board.

Overnight stay onboard Hotel Barge Rosa in a Stateroom.

Selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Serignac-sur-Garonne → Boé
The scenic River Garonne.
Day 7
Boé → Bordeaux

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in Bordeaux.

Breakfast
Boé → Bordeaux
Hotel barge Rosa in lock.

Additional information

Official language
French
Local currency
EUR
Barge Cruising

This unique, all-inclusive experience allows you to admire the picturesque landscape of your destination, try some regional cuisine, explore the most beautiful cities and towns, visit local sights and monuments, learn history and tradition, meet friendly locals and much more. 

6 nights
France
Bordeaux
Bordeaux
Cultural, Food & Wine
10 April 2022 – 23 October 2022

Optional Extras

Departure Dates and Pricing:

Important notes

  • Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of this travel experience, under our Bookings Conditions this package classifies as “Booking Type 2 – Travel Experience where we act as agent only”. Your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions. We will advise you prior to confirming your booking the full details and Booking Conditions of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.
  • Itinerary is subject to change. On alternate weeks, the cruise is in the reverse direction.
  • Approximate transfer duration for Rosa cabin bookings are 1 or 1.5 hours, depending on the cruise route.

This barge is available for charter bookings and theme cruises. Contact us for more details.

Pick-up Point

  • Cabin bookings - The Intercontinental Bordeaux – Le Grand hotel (if guests stay the prior night) at 4:00 pm or Bordeaux Train Station (in HALLE 3 by black and yellow sign ‘Point Rencontre Groups/Group Meeting Point’) at 4:20 pm
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Bordeaux or Toulouse for pick-up at 4:00 pm

Drop-off Point

  • Cabin bookings - Guests' choice of location in Bordeaux by 11:00 am
  • Charter bookings - One location of the group's choice in Bordeaux or Toulouse by 11:00 am

Blackout dates may apply during festive season.